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Stable Sheet - May 2021
An American Legacy - The Morgan Horse
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From the Board
President's Message
Hi Everyone-
 
We are a month away from MHAO's signature event, the Oregon Morgan Classic. OMC is being held on June16th to the19th at the Oregon Horse Center in Eugene Oregon. Karen and Jim 
Breckenridge have worked very hard to put on a top notch show and I have no doubt that they will be successful in doing so. But they need your help....sponsorships are a much needed part
to make this show run and they are currently reaching out to seek sponsors.  
There are several levels of sponsorship opportunities that range from $50 to the $1,000 level that are available. Within each level of sponsorships, there are "perks" given to the sponsor as a sign of our appreciation. If you are interested in providing a sponsorship, please contact Karen Breckenridge at wylieriley@aol.com and she can answer your questions! 
 
In addition, we are also seeking donations of new and gently used items for our silent auction. The silent auction has always been a successful part of OMC and that is only because of items that are so graciously donated by folks like you. Items can be horse related, pet related, wine or even what we call an "experience"..a farm visit, lessons, wine tasting etc.. The more unique, the better! If you have any items you would be interesting in donating, please feel free to contact me, Kathy Christensen, at mike-kak@Q.com
 
At this time, we are not sure if spectators will be allowed as that COVID guidelines are "fluid" at this point. We will keep the public notified as to what the state and local guidelines will be with regards to this issue. I would encourage you to follow the MHAO Facebook page as well as the Stable Sheet with the most recent information regarding the show and the guidelines for COVID.

Kathy Christensen, MHAO President
(503) 391-9047, mike-kak@Q.com
MHAO General Membership Meeting Minutes
April 24, 2021

Click here to read the minutes
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity
Initial Nomination in the year the foal is born - $45
Renewal fees - $25 each year
Class fees - $25 per class
by June 1st, $50 thereafter

Late nominations & renewals
are $100

For more information, click here to download the Futurity Rules. The Rules and all forms needed are available on our website.

Futurity classes are offered at
the Oregon Morgan Classic

Click here to download a nomination form to send to Gay

For questions or assistance contact Gay Adams, (503) 936-4276, sunstonemorgans@comcast.net
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Attention Futurity horse owners!
The time is now to get your photos in!

Deadline is June 1st!

Did you see the video on Trace Clipping yet?
Facilitated by Sara Breyman &
Erin Silver
MHAO Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklet
Time to get your ad in!
Close Date June 1st!
MHAO publishes the Breeders' Cup Futurity Booklet annually to feature the stallions from our Stallion Service Auction and our Futurity horses. This booklet is distributed at the Oregon Morgan Classic, the Morgan Medallion, and C-Fair horse shows as well as at Nationals (others as our supply allows). Ads are needed to pay for its printing and distribution.

Take advantage of this publication to promote your breeding program, products or services.

Ad costs are very reasonable:
Full Page (7.5"x10") - $90 
Inside front or back cover (7.5" x 10") - $100
Half Page (7.5"x 5") - $60
1/3 Page (7.5"x 3.5") - $40
1/4 Page (3.75"x 5") - $35
Business Card (3.5"x 2") - $25
Stallion Directory Section (3.75"x 5") - $30
Ads are due by June 1st. 
Reserve your space now!

A 10% discount for MHAO Members or multiple ads applies.
For questions or to reserve space,
contact Gay Adams
(503) 936-4276, sunstonemorgans@comcast.net
Announcing Grace Martin as the
2021 Editor for the Booklet!
Thank you Grace!
For design questions or help - call or text Grace Martin at (509) 990-1130 or send an email to gracermartin21@gmail.com
MHAO Scholarship Deadline Extended to May 16th!
It's Not Too Late!!
Click here to download an application form with all the detail.
Oregon Morgan Classic Update
June 16-19, 2021 - Oregon Horse Center, Eugene OR

Show Season is now in full swing!
Time to get ready for the Oregon Morgan Classic! We are getting ready for you.

Please phone in your stall reservations to Paula Hague, (541) 520-2133.
Get your hotel or housing accommodations made.

Show entries are due
June 1st, 2021
Attend OMC to be entered in the $1,000 Incentive Drawing
$500 to an owner &
$500 to a professional
You need to be present at the Saturday night session
We appreciate you!

OMC Also Offers
$500 & an Award to the Highest Scoring Colorful Morgan competing at the show.
Donated by the Nancy Falk Trust
The Premium Booklet is now available on
A printed version was mailed April 26th, 2021.

Judges:
Ron Bartholomew - Main Judge
Peggy Bond-Heath - Working Western 
Renee Johnson - Dressage


We are so excited to be able to offer our show this year!
There will be some adjustments because of the Pandemic, but we will be continuing the tradition of the popular Carrot Obstacle Course and Dog Treat Obstacle Course. There is also a Youth of the Year contest. If the winning youth qualifies to go and goes to Nationals to represent OMC, they will be awarded a reimbursement of $400 from MHAO toward their expenses.

Futurity halter classes take place Wednesday night. Sweepstakes classes will be on Saturday night. Futurity Performance classes are spread throughout the show. Futurity High Point winners will be announced toward the end of the show.

Our Youth of the Year competition is supported by the Nancy Falk Trust


Vendor space available!
Make your reservation now!

We will adjust to whatever we need to do to comply with Pandemic regulations, but space is available for your display. Different sponsorship levels include a booth & advertising. Take a look at our sponsorship packages below and contact Gay for more information:

Gay Adams, (503) 936-4276
Donations needed!

Proceeds from our auction support the show, our Youth program, and the MHAO Alex Mooney Scholarship Program. Let one of our auction organizers know what you can donate and bring it to the show! New and slightly used items are welcome. Donations from businesses you know & work with are also appreciated.

Kathy Christensen - (503) 391-9047,
Erin Silver - (971) 600-8933,
Sponsorship & Advertising Opportunities!
Without our sponsors, our show could not continue. If you are able, we ask for your help and support. Click here to take a look at our sponsorship packages for patrons. We also have sponsorship packages for businesses. Click here to see those. Do you know a business that would like to be promoted & represented at our show? Please refer them to us.

Pledge your support now with Karen Breckenridge so we can acknowledge you at the show. Call her at (503) 580-4716. You can pay for your sponsorship with your show entry, or send your check made out to OMC to Karen at 4715 Eola Drive NW, Salem OR 97304.

Volunteers needed!
If you can help at the show, please contact Karen!
(503) 580-4716 or wylieriley@aol.com
Without people willing to help, we can't operate our show.
Every little bit helps & is so appreciated.

No sponsorship tables or refreshments are offered this year, nor social events due to the pandemic. Masks are required. A waiver form will be filled out in the office and you will be given a bracelet to wear. Sanitizing stations will be placed around the grounds. See USEF protocols currently in place later in this newsletter. We will keep our eye on the ever changing State and County protocols as well and do everything we can to keep our show safe. Updates will be posted on the show's Facebook page and via Stable Sheet distributions. Stay in touch!
Lane County is rated "High Risk" as of April 23, 2021.
The Oregon Horse Center is still hosting events.
We Have A New Photographer This Year!
Welcome Richard Rosenheim!
You may have met him as one of the photographers at Nationals.
MHAO Stallion Service Auction
Thank you to all our donors and bidders!
Our Auction brought in $20,000 in bids -
A new record for us!
The Optimist
Donated by Lacey Wright
Purchased by
Jean Beckman
$2,050
Astronomicallee
Donated by Tony Lee
Purchased by
Barbara Thomson
$1,850
Caffeinated
Donated by Dennis & Anita Schlabach, Purchased by
Richard Miller
$1,700
Stand And Deliver
Donated by Tara Good
Purchased by Erin Lilienthal
$1,550
Roberto Cavalli or Balenciaga
Donated by Kathleen Pierce, Purchased by
Amman Stoltzfus
$1,300
The Thrill Of It All LBR
Donated by Alena Rae Nicholson, Purchased by
David Sproul
$1,100
CBMF Crown Prince
Donated by
Dr. Julia Hoag, DVM, Purchased by
Jean Beckman
$1,050
Salem Command
Donated by Carole Bradford
Purchased by
Tonie Schmitt
$1,000
ATMF Against The Wind
Donated by Patricia Carlson,
Purchased by Brenda Matusik
$750
NS Fame & Fortune
Donated by Leslie & Darris Garoufalis
Purchased by Jennifer Horn
$750
OTM Total Eclipse
Donated by Chris & Denielle Peters
Purchased by Cliff Swanson
$750
Ancan Kaboom
Donated by Steve & Annette Smith
Purchased by Marylyn Paschall
$700
Ancan Reason To Bee
Donated by Anne Wyland
Purchased by Tonie Schmitt
$700
CBMF Urban Legend
Donated by Dan & Debbie LaMay. Purchased by David Lehman
$700
JMF True North
Donated by Lucy Ray
Purchased by Barbara Baker
$700
Ultra's Special Agent
Donated by Steve & Annette Smith
Purchased by Ammon Stoltzfus
$700
UVM Springfield
Donated by Chris & Janet Morris, Purchased by
Sabrieta Holland
$700
Hijo De Valdez
Donated by Geraldine Paiva, Purchased by
Barbara Baker
$550
Spring Hollow Statesman
Donated by Katie Bostick
Purchased by Billie Peterson
$550
Other Items:
Morgan Horse Registers - $95
Donated by Karen Thompson - Purchased by Tammy Boyer
Full Page Ad in the Futurity Booklet - $60
Donated by MHAO - Purchased by Leslie Garoufalis
Stall at OMC - $90
Donated by MHAO, Purchased by Kathy Christensen
Stall at Key or C-Fair - $105
Donated by MHCWS - Purchased by Kathy Christensen
Morgan Bl@st - $200
Donated by Purchased by Gay Adams
TMH B&W Full Page Ad - $150
Donated by AMHA - Purchased by Lorraine Beaumont
2 Bemer Treatments - $150
Donated by Julie Adams - Purchased by Gay Adams

Remaining stallions will be available on a first come, first served basis for the next few weeks if anyone is interested.
For questions or assistance:
Gay Adams, MHAO SSA Chair, (503) 936-4276
A Request For News From Members
Section 2 Editor
Karen Weiderman would love to showcase you and your horse in the Members section of the Stable Sheet newsletter (Section 2). Send her a story with some pictures.

She is also looking for stories from Morgan owners on how and when they got into the Morgan breed and what they have done since then.

Send your story and photos of your versatile Morgan to: dazzby1@gmail.com
A New Resource For Mare Owners
Erin Shields created this resource via the following facebook post in February 2021
The idea was recently discussed in one of the Morgan groups (that Erin belongs to) that we compile a simple list of ALL Morgan stallions that are standing at stud. This includes anyone who has frozen semen available from a deceased or gelded stallion. The idea was to be able to give mare owners a better idea of the choices that are available to them as advertising is not consistent across the board for a number of different reasons. This list will aim to put all stallions on equal footing and allow mare owners to do the research they need to do to find the best possible stallions to complement their mares. I am volunteering to do this, and I need stallion owners to contact me so that I can start adding to the list. The final list will be in an Excel format that can be filtered and searched based on the criteria provided. There will be no photos or commentary provided other than the basic information requested, and I am not charging anyone a fee to do this. The final version will be made available via an email distribution list and on Facebook (as long as Facebook allows the file attachment type). Instructions to participate as a stallion owner or to receive this final information as a mare owner are as follows:

STALLION OWNERS
Please send the following information by email to ironyequine@gmail.com. In the subject line of your email, please type "Stallion List 2021" so that your email does not get lost. Starred data fields are required, and I will not publish your stallion's information without them. Please provide the following information:
Registered Name*
Year Foaled*
Height (hands)*
Weight (lbs)
Color
Live Cover (Yes/No)*
Fresh (Yes/No)*
Cooled (Yes/No)*
Frozen (Yes/No)*
Live Foal Guarantee (Yes/No/Other)*
Stud Fee (Dollar Amount or Private Treaty)*
Owner Name*
Farm Name
City Located
State Located*
Contact Phone
Contact Email*
Preferred Contact Method (Phone/Email/Either)*
--If you do not want to be contacted by mare owners via email, you may omit your email address but do need to provide a phone number instead.
MARE OWNERS
Please send an email to ironyequine@gmail.com with "Add me to the stallion list distribution" in the subject line. I will compile all email addresses into a distribution list and send the list out to everyone (bcc) once it is completed.

DEADLINES (Extended)
Please submit all stallion info no later than March 26th, 2021. No changes thereafter unless for good reason such as death, injury, or illness of either the stallion or his owner.

Please submit all requests to be added to the distribution list no later than March 31st, 2021.

I will plan to distribute the final list by the end of the first full week of April, if not before. As this is a new project, I cannot make any guarantees, and if the requests far outnumber my expectations, the process may take a bit longer than expected. Please bear with me!

OTHER
This list will be limited to Morgan stallions in North America that are registered with AMHA. Unregistered Morgan stallions will not be considered. Morgan stallions that are registered with CMHA but not with AMHA will be considered on a case by case basis, and the owner will need to provide a guarantee that any resulting foals can be registered with AMHA.
Ready? GO!!!

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The list is out for this first try.
45 stallions are listed.
If you would like to be added to the distribution list or the stallion list, contact Erin Shields via email at:

When the list is redone may depend on demand.

On behalf of our Morgan breeders,
Thank You Erin.
Gladheart Black Harris
Words of Wisdom!
Thank you for sharing this,
Nancy Eidam
Articles & Information From The Horse Network
Shipping and Showing Horses
Monitor and optimize your horse’s training, diet, health, and shipping experience in order to help him perform his best.
By Samantha Steelman, PhD, -
The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care

For some, nothing compares to the excitement of a horse show. The anticipation of months of hard work finally paying off with the faultless jump, the perfect pirouette, or the impeccable sliding stop, and the chance of winning a trophy or ribbon as a memento of a goal accomplished or cash to help pay the horsekeeping bills. But from the moment your horse steps into the trailer until the final class of the day, the way you care for your horse can affect his performance in the ring.

At a show the unfamiliar surroundings, the change to his daily feeding and exercise routines, and temperature fluctuations will subject your horse to physiological and psychological stresses. In addition to being stressed, he’ll be asked to perform short, intense exercise sessions multiple times in a day, sometimes with only an hour or two of rest between rides.

However, with the right preparation and management, you can give your horse every advantage to perform at his best. Here are some tips based on science to help you and your horse.

Shipping

Trailering can be psychologically and physiologically stressful for horses, particularly if they haven’t been trained to load properly. The agitation that goes along with psychological stress is also physically detrimental, causing excessive sweating and fatigue as well as suppression of the immune system, all of which can negatively impact performance. The best way to combat psychological stress on the way to a show is to acclimate your horse to travel. Train him to load into a trailer quickly and quietly, then make short trips to nearby destinations.

When you’re in a new place, focus on keeping your horse calm and obedient, with his attention on you. This will teach him to focus on his performance in any environment.

Trailering to a show, especially over long distances, is also physiologically stressful on horses. Balancing in a moving trailer can cause muscle fatigue and soreness, and hard floors can place strain on tendons. Hot summer temperatures make your horse prone to sweating and overheating, and an inability to access water can lead to dehydration.

Trailering should be viewed as a type of exercise and every precaution should be taken to minimize its impact on your horse. Choose a trailer that is roomy enough for your horse to be comfortable, and make sure the footing provides cushion and traction. Stop often to offer your horse water, and pay special attention to the ventilation and interior temperature of the trailer. The more comfortable your horse is when traveling, the more likely he will arrive at the show fresh, calm, and ready to compete.

Exercise

As mentioned above, horse shows often require multiple short-duration, high-intensity exercise sessions each day. For optimum performance, you should include high-intensity workouts in your training schedule that mimic what he’s called upon to do in a show. Once he acclimates to working at a higher level, you can ride two or even three times in a day, just as you would in a show. This will improve your horse’s fitness and train his muscles to recover more quickly.

This type of high-intensity workout shouldn’t be used more than once a week, however, and you should watch your horse closely for any signs of stiffness or soreness and adjust your workouts accordingly.

At home and at the show, be sure you warm up before and cool down after each ride. A thorough warm-up helps to prevent injury and can improve performance by mobilizing energy sources in the blood. A proper cool-down returns your horse’s body temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate to normal while metabolic wastes are removed from his muscles. This will decrease post-exercise soreness and help improve subsequent performances. In fact, monitoring these three variables before and after exercise can give you a good idea of your horse’s fitness. Once you establish what the “normal” temperature, heart rate, and respiration rate are for your horse after he exercises, you’ll be able to judge how quickly he’s recovering and whether or not he’s ready for another bout of exercise.

Energy and Hydration

Colic and dehydration are two common problems encountered at horse shows. The equine digestive system is particularly unsuited to change, so try to minimize changes to your horse’s feeding regimen while you’re on the road. Bring your own hay and grain from home or buy feed at or near the show site that’s similar to your own. Call local feed stores ahead of time and tell them what type of grain you usually feed and ask if they have something comparable.
Dramatic changes in feed amount or composition can alter the pH and motility of the digestive tract and can impair performance through water loss, increased heat production, or inefficient absorption of nutrients. Grain is best fed in small quantities three to five hours prior to exercise to maintain blood glucose levels and prevent fatigue. If a meal is delayed, then reduce the grain portion of that meal and return to a normal meal size at the next feeding. If a meal is skipped, the amount of grain fed at the next meal should not be increased to compensate.

Hay intake is important as well, as it helps retain water in your horse’s digestive tract and, therefore, can prevent dehydration and colic.

While many competitors bring feed from home, most are not equipped to bring water. Although most horses will drink whenever they are thirsty, some will refuse to drink water with an unfamiliar smell or taste. A common remedy for this is flavoring the horse’s drinking water at home and adding the flavoring to the water at a horse show. Some people even bring gallon containers of bottled water from the grocery store! Whatever your method of coping with this problem is, your rule should be that if the horse doesn’t drink, he doesn’t compete.

An average horse should consume about 7 gallons of water daily, although this can increase up to 300% for horses exercising in hot, humid climates. Offer water in small quantities during cool-down and after each ride. Some riders give electrolytes to encourage their horses to drink (a high salt concentration in the blood stimulates thirst), although it is important to always offer plain water in addition to electrolyte-supplemented water.

Monitor your horse’s water intake while traveling and ask your veterinarian to show you how to check for dehydration using capillary refill time. Even mild dehydration can impair performance and prolong recovery time after exercise.

A practical approach to make sure your horse is fed and watered at regular intervals is to plan a schedule before the show. Estimate when you will need to be in the show ring and plan to feed your horse two to three hours before you begin warming up. Determine when you’ll have time to make it back to the barn to offer your horse a drink, or have someone bring a bucket of water to you outside the warm-up area. The more you can support your horse physiologically, the better he’ll be able to perform for you.

Temperature Management

Horse show weather always seems to be predictably uncomfortable. Whether it’s hot or cold, the weather can impact your horse’s performance, and it’s your job to make sure he stays as comfortable as possible.

In cold weather adjust your warm-up to allow extra time for blood to start flowing to cold muscles. Walk your horse for at least five minutes and incorporate some easy lateral and longitudinal stretches to loosen up his muscles. Progress to easy trotting for at least another five minutes before beginning your regular exercise. Immediately after your ride, reverse the warm-up procedure for an efficient cool-down, then cover your horse with a sheet or cooler until he is dry and cool. If you can, offer water that has been warmed slightly, as this can encourage your horse to drink.

During hot weather you should concentrate on preventing your horse from overheating. Excessive body heat causes blood to be shunted away from the working muscles and to the skin to help cool the body. When this is combined with decreased blood volume caused by dehydration, your horse won’t have enough blood flowing to his muscles to perform well. Preventing this situation can be as simple as offering your horse water at regular intervals or keeping him in the shade as much as possible. Hosing with cold water after exercise is extremely effective in reducing core body temperature, especially when combined with the use of a fan.

Again, close monitoring of your horse’s temperature before and after each exercise session will give you early insight into any potential overheating.

At a horse show, you’ll be asking your horse to perform at his highest level, often multiple times each day, in a strange environment, and often in sub-optimal conditions.

As a rider, it is your job to support your horse and give him the tools he needs to perform at his best. Like all aspects of competition, this support begins at home with careful planning and an appropriate training regimen. It culminates on the day of the show, when you create a safe and comfortable environment and ensure your horse is physically prepared for his performance. And sometimes it all ends with a trophy or check to mark your achievement.  

Reprinted with permission from The Horse: Your Guide to Equine Health Care/TheHorse.com. Find more veterinarian-approved horse care information at TheHorse.com.
Other articles from Horse Network:
Calling All Morgan Endurance Participants
2021 AMHA Distance Riding Championship Offerings 
 
Plans are underway to host several national championship options for AMHA Endurance Riders in 2021. AMHA will be offering both the 25 Mile and 50 Mile Championship in 2021. The 2021 Rides will be held in Oneida, TN. There will also be daily "limited distance" options as well as a 3-day limited distance challenge.
Highlighting A Recent Book
Get Ready!
With such an incredibly dry Spring, the fire danger grows. Time to think about getting ready for emergencies. Click here to go to the government website with lots of good information.

  • Plan evacuation routes from home, work and school.
  • Have and know your family's plan for communication.
  • Stock up on emergency supplies at home.
  • Get professionally trained in first aid and CPR.
  • Collect all the emergency website addresses and phone numbers you might need.

The Red Cross offers classes in CPR. Click here for more information.
I hope you had a wonderful Mother's Day!
Request Regarding Equestrian Campgrounds
Passed on by Karen Weiderman from Monica Chapman on Facebook

Please email me at monicachapman1987@gmail.com with any solid information(not hearsay) about equestrian campgrounds being overrun by non-equestrian campers. I need location, campground name, approximately when, if you know if it is still a problem, and type of property (USFS, BLM, state, county, etc.). The American Horse Council has developed a working group to look into this.
Gold Cup Judges School Update
The Judges School planned in conjunction with the Morgan Gold Cup Regional Horse Show will still be held June 10-12, 2021. Now that the location of the show has moved from Columbus, OH to Shipshewana, IN, we would highly recommend that you make your hotel reservations IMMEDIATELY. There are limited hotel accommodations in the area and it is important you secure your room ASAP.
The horse show website lists several options. To see those, click here.
 
In addition, there are additional options in nearby towns such as Goshen, IN like the Hampton Inn (574) 533-8800 and the Fairfield Inn (574) 538-2027.
 
For more information and to obtain an application to attend the clinic, visit the AMHA website here.
AMHA Call For Candidates For 2022 Board of Directors


Nomination Materials will be available as of Thursday, April 1, 2021.
As outlined in AMHA bylaw 4.6 "By April 1st of each year, the Executive Director shall deliver to each member entitled to vote in the regions in which Directors are to be elected in the upcoming annual meeting of members a notice stating the number of Directors to be elected for each such Region and the final date for the filing of nominating petitions and further stating that a form for nominating petitions is available upon request without charge. Members shall be entitled to nominate candidates for the position of Regional Director by delivering to the Executive Director on or before October 1st one or more nominating petitions signed collectively by at least fifteen (15) of the members entitled to vote for a director from the Region at the upcoming annual meeting and signed by the nominee named therein to demonstrate acceptance of his nomination. Electronic signatures on nominating petitions and on a nominee’s acceptance shall be deemed acceptable."

Accordingly, the following positions will be included on 2022 election ballot distributed to AMHA members in good standing as of December 31, 2021.

One regional director for each Eastern, Central, and Western Regions. At the 2021 Annual Meeting, one director from each of the Regions shall be elected to a three-year term. For a person's name to be placed on the official ballot, that person must go through a nomination process, which consists of:
• Candidate must be an AMHA member in good standing possessing an individual or life membership;
• Residency within the region for which they are running;
• Obtaining official nomination petitions from AMHA's headquarters and securing a minimum of 15 qualified voting members signatures of the region;
• Filing the nomination petitions, with appropriate number of qualified signatures, with AMHA office by October 1, 2020;
• Valid signatures on nomination petitions are AMHA members in good standing and 18 years of age or older;
• Each candidate must sign each nomination petition to show acceptance of nomination.

EASTERN: Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, South America, Europe, Africa

CENTRAL: Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin, Central America, all U.S. Territories, and remainder of North American except Canada

WESTERN: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington, Wyoming, Asia, Australia, Antarctica, Canada, New Zealand

AMHA encourages all members to consider getting involved in the governance process of the Association. If you think you might be interested, please obtain a set of nomination/election guidelines/materials from AMHA by contacting AMHA Executive Director at execdir@morganhorse.com or calling (802) 985-4944 ext. 201.

It is important to note that prior attendance at a minimum of two AMHA Board meetings is required in order to complete the nomination process by Oct. 1, 2021 (attendance via Zoom video conference does count towards this requirement).

The election results will be announced at the 2022 Annual Meeting of Members scheduled during the UPHA National Conference being held January 4-8, 2022 in Orlando, Florida. 
Advertise in "The Morgan Breeders Tour"
Deadline May 17, 2021
“The Morgan Breeders Tour” is a discounted, full page, advertising special in the June-July issue of The Morgan Horse magazine. The templated pages provide an opportunity for breeders to list your stallions, mares and foals, and prospects in your pastures. See full details of the layout and the information advertisers will need to provide in the above graphic.
 
Feel free to contact Stephen or Kim via email or the phone number listed in the flyer above. Be included and get seen in this affordable promotional special.
DEADLINE May 17.
Carole Mercer is checking for interest
Sometime I would like to share my experience and knowledge. We would just use my horses and arena. I would teach the basic "form follows function" concepts of handling horses. I have not taught in years...but at 73 if I don't teach some the wonderful stuff I know it will be lost.
$100 per day person...Limit of 10 people .
Brookside Inn, White City OR is 5 miles from me.

We need to wait and see how much the country opens up and when things get more under control.
If interested, contact Carole at
(541) 973-5992 or on Facebook.
USEF Announces Spectator Protocols for USEF Licensed Competitions
April 14, 2021 Announcement

US Equestrian is pleased to announce that beginning May 3, 2021, licensees of USEF competitions are permitted to welcome a limited number of spectators back to their competitions. Dr. Mark Hart, USEF Chief Medical Officer stated, “In the spirit of moving our sport forward and recognizing the ever-changing dynamics of the Covid-19 pandemic resulting from the increasing number of distributed vaccines, we are working to finalize the specific protocols related to a measured return of spectator attendance. We continue to collaborate with our USEF stakeholders and public health officials and plan to distribute these new measures along with any other pertinent updates in the USEF COVID-19 Action Plan next Tuesday, April 20, 2021.”

Beginning May 3, 2021, spectators will be allowed on competition grounds under the following capacity restrictions:
  • Outdoor Venues: A maximum of 40% of the ticketed spectator capacity for competitions that operate with a ticketed gate, OR a maximum of 400 spectators for competitions that do not ticket spectators, whichever is greater.
  • Indoor Venues: A maximum of 30% of the ticketed spectator capacity for competitions that operate with a ticketed gate, OR a maximum of 300 spectators for competitions that do not ticket spectators, whichever is greater.
  • For venues that consist of both outdoor and indoor components, the above capacity restrictions apply accordingly.

It is important to note that spectators must comply with all applicable requirements of the Action Plan, including but not limited to wearing face masks/face coverings, social distancing, and frequent hand washing. The capacity numbers included above are the maximum permitted at a USEF competition each day. Because of the requirement to socially distance, some venues or situations might not allow organizers to accommodate the maximum allowable number of spectators.

Additionally, USEF has expanded the definition of sponsors to include individual persons or business entities that have an agreement in place with the competition to provide goods, services, or financial support integral to the sustainability of a competition. Sponsors, participants, competition staff, support personnel, volunteers, and service providers are not included in the spectator capacity numbers.

It is critical that competition organizers and participants continue to follow all governmental and health authority guidance and restrictions, which if more restrictive, supersede USEF’s requirements.

USEF hopes that the community will continue its collective effort to keep the sport open as restrictions are eased by remaining compliant with the requirements of the Action Plan. “We will continue to carefully monitor conditions and regularly consult with health authorities with the goal of being able to provide additional updates in the coming weeks and months that will further ease restrictions without endangering the health and safety of competitors,” added Dr. Hart.

Thank you for your participation in USEF competitions and your support of the COVID-19 Action Plan. Your efforts have helped keep you and those around you safe and healthy while also keeping the sport open and operating during a global pandemic.
US Equestrian has updated its COVID-19 Action Plan for Licensed Competitions (Action Plan) to include protocols specific to allowing spectator attendance at a limited capacity beginning May 3, 2021.
Last week, US Equestrian announced the maximum capacity for spectators at competitions in its April 14 communication. This follow-up announcement of the specific spectator protocols will provide competition organizers, licensed officials, and other stakeholders with sufficient time to prepare for a return of spectators beginning May 3, 2021.

These protocols represent a first step in implementing responsible measures that allow the equestrian sport community to begin to ease restrictions related to the pandemic. USEF realizes that the maximum capacity figures provided may not be appropriate for all venues. Therefore, due to size, configuration, or other factors, some competitions’ capacity limits may be far lower than the maximum numbers allowable under the USEF protocols.

It is important to note that allowing spectators at USEF competitions remains a choice for competition organizers. In some instances, venue limitations or other restrictions may not accommodate the ability to safely allow spectators. USEF will support any organizer’s decision to restrict further or prohibit spectator access.

As more and more Americans become vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, USEF is optimistic it will be able to further ease restrictions in the coming months. It is critical that everyone continues to adhere to the Action Plan and its requirements in the interim. Equestrian sport was one of the first sports to resume operations last spring, and this is largely due to the effectiveness of the Action Plan and the safeguards it puts in place. 

USEF recognizes that the last twelve months have been challenging for everyone, especially organizers and licensed officials who have been on the front lines ensuring Action Plan compliance. Thank you to each of you for your patience, fortitude, and continued support of the Action Plan as USEF begins transitioning to a less restrictive environment while still keeping everyone as safe as possible.
Pegasus Equestrian Resort and Venue Update
A Second Meeting Has Been Scheduled For
May 20, 2021 at 6pm. If you can attend to show
your support, that would be very appreciated.
Pegasus Equestrian Resort and Venue filed a final Destination Resort Application(DR) on March 15, 2021. The application and supporting information can be seen on our web site at www.pegasuseq.com/#filearchive.

An initial meeting was held April 15th in front of the Douglas Planning Commission. The Commission has agreed to a request to continue the hearing to May 20th. Initial continuation requests are automatic if any parties request them. The good news is no one, and this comment includes interest groups & agencies, submitted any objection to the criteria for approval of the 2,800+acre Pegasus Equestrian Venue and Resort. It is now about hammering out the conditions of preliminary approval at the next meeting. We encourage you to attend to show the Commission your support.

Supporters at the April hearing vastly outnumbered those who objected to Pegasus. More letters of support were received at the hearing, including from the Oregon Horse Council. Your letters of support and attendance at the meeting made a difference. Letters are no longer critical now that the hearing has begun, though we always appreciate your support. What will make a difference now, is your attendance at the next hearing on May 20th at 6pm in the Auditorium of the Church Annex located at 1134 SE Douglas Avenue, Roseburg, Oregon.

Some have brought up concerns about water, which is also important to us. At the same time, water is not at issue for preliminary approval. Also contrary to testimony, we are not using wells to meet our water needs. In addition, concerns about the airstrip on the property are not before the Planning Commission. Use of the airstrip is limited by a long standing conditional use approval, which was affirmed by the land use courts, and which we are not modifying.

Pegasus is moving forward. Thank you.


Oregon doesn't have a facility like this and our equestrian community could really benefit from having it in place. Attendees in support of this or wanting to make a comment are invited to this continuation of the April 15th public hearing.
Looking for some Morgan Horses at Pt. Reyes
The National Park Service and the Morgan Horse Ranch at Pt. Reyes National Seashore are looking for at least two new and younger Morgans for their Mounted Patrol Unit. We are looking out to the community for their help in acquiring new members to the Morgan herd. The existing herd is aged and has earned a quiet retirement. The lucky new horses will have responsibilities for assisting in search and rescue operations, participating in special events and patrolling the protected wilderness areas. NPS is looking for:
Purebred Morgan between 5 and 12 years old
Must be sound and pass full vet check
Must be at least green broke and capable of performing our needs.
Good around people and pets
Donations must be agreeable to trial period of 2-4 months
15 hands or taller preferred
100% donation preferred
If any Morgan owners are interested in participating in helping preserve the history, please contact Ranch Manager Emily Henderson by email Emily_Henderson@nps.gov.
NOTE: The Morgan Horse Ranch would not exist were it not for your support for the past 50 years. We would be thrilled to have you become part of our mission. Unfortunately this is not a rescue. Thank You in advance.

From Connie Barker off Facebook
New Publications at Trafalger Square Books at HorseRiderBooks.com
A handy quick-reference with step-by-step color photos and easy-to-follow instructions from two top professional grooms.

Braiding a horse’s mane kind of comes with the territory—who can resist playing with all that hair? While it may begin as a downtime activity on a rainy afternoon or fun with friends after riding lessons, braiding takes on a life of its own when it comes to competition. Professional grooms and others who braid on the show circuit can make a living doing just that when they have the skills to do it fast and do it well.

Professional grooms Cat Hill and Emma Ford, co-authors of the bestselling World-Class Grooming for Horses, have braided thousands of horses for a variety of disciplines over the course of their esteemed careers in the equestrian industry. Now they’ve highlighted those skills in a book conceived to be a helpful barn companion—one you can take with you and keep in your tack trunk, providing a go-to reference whenever you need it. Chock full of full-color photographs that illustrate every step of the process, readers learn techniques for:
  • Braiding down—a nice, tight, smooth braid is the key to a sophisticated finish.
  • Using thread, yarn, or rubber bands.
  • Properly finishing and removing braids to avoid hair damage.
  • Button braids two ways.
  • Hunter braids.
  • Running braids.
  • Unpulled manes and long manes.
  • Braiding forelocks.

With their expertise, top-tier standards, and trademark clarity as professionals who have made teaching their trade an integral part of their lives, Hill and Ford provide everything you need to know to turn a horse out with professional polish, ready to impress the judges and wow the crowds.
A Mind-Body Conditioning Program for Strength, Mobility, and Performance
Laura Reiman, MS, PMA-CPT

An innovative and easy-to-use application of Pilates principles to the training, conditioning, and rehabilitation of horses. (continued in next column)
(continued) This highly illustrated how-to manual provides a clear guide to new ways of thinking about how to prevent injury in the horse, and when injuries do happen, to help the horse's body recover in a mindful and safe way.

As a Pilates teacher for humans, horsewoman and eventer Laura Reiman has seen first-hand how consistent, quality exercise can ward off strain and injury, as well as heal. When her young horse was diagnosed with extreme back pain and a neurological disease, she turned to her knowledge of Pilates—the method she'd used to ease back pain in human clients for years—for help. She began to find ways to “bridge the gap” between the horse's mind and body to help increase his body awareness and core engagement.

The result is a cohesive series of original exercises that can be taken in parts or as a whole and seamlessly incorporated into an existing training program to be a:
  • Preventive tool to increase the horse's strength, balance, mobility, and stability.
  • Framework for a new program to help ease a horse back into work following an injury or time off.

Readers will find chapters dedicated to:
  • Observation–Basic anatomy and how to “know” your horse's body and movement.
  • Stretching–Including incentive, supported static hold, and dynamic mobilization stretches.
  • Core work–Such as the cat stretch and bridging.
  • In-hand strengthening work–With exercises like criss-cross and ground pole progressions.
  • Exercises on the longe line–Transitions, bending, and spiraling.
  • Lessons under saddle–Gymnastics, hillwork, basic dressage, and tips for a successful warm-up.
  • Alternative bodywork–Temperature therapy, massage, stability pads, bands, and more.

Pilates for Horses is an ideal instructional guide for all riders and trainers looking to build and maintain a solid foundation of strength and comfort for their horses.
Melissa Chapman was 23 years old and part of a happy, loving family. She had a decent job, a boyfriend she cared about, and friends she enjoyed. Yet she said goodbye to all of it.

Carrying a puppy named Gypsy, she climbed aboard a horse and rode away from everything, heading west. With no cell phone, no GPS, no support team or truck following with supplies, Chapman quickly learned that the reality of a cross-country horseback journey was quite different from the fantasy
Cowboy Dressage Seminars, etc.
CDW Virtual Show #2
  • June 11 – Entries Due
  • June 23-27 – Video Submissions
  • July 4 – Results Posted

Click here for more info on virtual shows
FarWest Cowboy Dressage Gathering

July 23-25, 2021

Rim Rock Riders Event Center
Powell Butte (Brasada) OR
2 Rings Only
1st come, 1st served
Register early!

Judges: 
The Honorable Dee Myers 
 The Honorable Nonny Largent
More info to follow in May

Questions: Contact
Marli Perry, (541) 548-3541
Both shows:
New FEI Rule - Whiskers Are In!!
Support For Sweet Itch in Horses - From Platinum Performance
How Nutrition Can Help
The Root of the Problem
An allergy is an immune disorder characterized by hypersensitivity to specific substances called allergens that result in an excessive inflammatory response. Most commonly, allergic reactions affect the skin and respiratory airways in horses and generally develop in response to exposure to molds, spores, insect bites, and certain proteins present in pasture grasses.
Controlling Sweet Itch
Sweet itch or summer itch, technically known as Culicoides hypersensitivity, is a type of chronic and seasonal dermatitis. The skin reacts to the saliva of bites from Culicoides spp., which are known in different parts of the country as midges, biting gnats and no-see-ums. Sweet itch in horses can be especially difficult to control during the spring and summer months. Careful management of sweet itch, as well as other skin allergies, is imperative to prevent a horse from harming himself by rubbing itchy, irritated skin. Severe rubbing can cause hair loss of the coat, mane and tail, as well as areas of broken skin and open sores that can then become vulnerable to infection and summer sores. Some shampoos and sprays are effective at repelling biting insects, as well as fly sheets that cover from ears to tail. Cleaning water troughs often disrupts the breeding areas of midges. Stabling horses at dusk and dawn may help to avoid times with high concentrations of biting insects. Fans to circulate and disturb the air are helpful in barns. Steroids are often successful in treating acute skin irritation.
How a Balanced Diet and Supplementation Can Help Your Horse
Dietary management is another way to both prevent and also alleviate allergies from the inside out. Fatty acids are constituents of every single cell membrane throughout the body of the horse. There are several types of fatty acids, but specifically omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids are directly correlated to the allergic response. Metabolites of the omega-6 fatty acids induce strong inflammatory responses, which have been linked to many chronic disorders. In contrast, omega-3 fatty acids have the capability to produce inflammatory-resolving or anti-inflammatory effects that can
protect against chronic diseases associated with inflammation, including allergies. Flaxseed and flax oil contain nutrients that are precursors to both docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). DHA and EPA are long chain omega-3 fatty acids that control allergic responses by moderating both the immune and inflammatory state of the horse. Omega-3 fatty acids are also called “essential” fats due to the fact that the horse’s body cannot produce them internally, and so they must be consumed in the diet each day.
The Role of Omega-3 Fatty Acids
Omega-3 fatty acids have been proven to reduce skin inflammation and the allergic response. Numerous studies support the fact that omega-3 fatty acids lessen an allergic reaction. As evidence of the positive effects of the omega-3 fatty acids, one study showed allergic skin reactions to the extract of Culicoides spp., the aggravator of sweet itch, were reduced in horses after 42 days of flaxseed supplementation (O’Neill W, McKee S, Clarke A. Can J Vet Res 2002). Another in-house trial looked specifically at skin reactions to common allergens following intradermal skin injections in horses receiving Platinum Performance® Equine, which contains flaxseed and flax oil, algal DHA, and various micronutrients. All reactions were significantly reduced after 11 weeks of supplementation. Wheal sizes for a Mixed Grass antigen decreased by more than 50% post-injection in horses ingesting the supplement when compared to their values prior to supplementation. Similar results were noted in response to the Mosquito Culicidae and Culicoides spp. antigens.
The Benefits of Thymus Extract and Quercetin
Other nutritional ingredients such as thymus extract and Quercetin can have a positive impact on allergic response. Thymus extract activates and balances the immune system. It promotes the maturation and activity of specific immune cells that help control allergic responses. Quercetin is widely used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Quercetin is a natural antihistamine and inhibits key enzymes known to produce strong pro-inflammatory mediators.
 by Emily Smith, MS,
Platinum Performance®


By Emily Smith MS
Platinum Performance (c)
Another Informative Article From Platinum Plus
The articles for Platinum Performance are designed to sell their product. Please keep that in mind when you are reading them. They are included here because of the general information they include, not because of any endorsement of their product.
Know Your Horse's Body Condition - From Platinum Performance
Click here to download the chart as a PDF file
AMHECT Announces Ellen DiBella Western Dressage Scholarship
The American Morgan Horse Educational Trust (AMHECT) is thrilled to announce the creation of a NEW scholarship opportunity for AMHA members. The Ellen DiBella Western Dressage Scholarship was established to promote the use of Morgan horses within the growing discipline of Western Dressage.
Grants for Western Dressage Riders Now Available Through The Dressage Foundation’s Lynn Palm Fund
Thanks to the continued generosity of Lynn Palm, grants for individual riders are now available through her Grant Fund at The Dressage Foundation (TDF). The Lynn Palm Western Dressage Fund was established in 2019 to provide grants for Western Dressage educational events, and now individuals riders are also able to apply for financial help for their Western Dressage education. 
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2021 Morgan Horse Show Events
C-Fair Morgan Regional & Open Horse Show
August 5-8, 2021 at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds
Monroe WA
Prize list will be available soon!
Questions, contact:
Linda Collins
Timber Creek Stables
206-200-2099
PNW Morgan Horse Show
August 26-29, 2021

Hi folks! Although the 2020 show season didn’t turn out the way anyone had hoped, we are excited to announce our show dates for 2021! Please join us August 26-29, 2021 at the Washington Horsemen Tacoma Unit in Spanaway WA.

Hope everyone is staying safe and healthy!

Kaitlin Lebon
Mother Lode
Dressage Schooling Show
(Classic & Western)
September 2, 2021
Mother Lode Morgan & California Gypsy Horse Show
September 3-5, 2021

Save the date for this wonderful show at the exquisite Rancho Murietta Equestrian Center. This A-rated Morgan Horse Show includes Saddleseat, Driving, Western Dressage, Cowboy Dressage, Classic Dressage, Hunter, Western, Jumping, Trail, and Ranch classes. The beautiful Gypsy horses join us in this fun filled show and we have plenty of classes open to all breeds. There is truly something for everyone!

We are off to a great start!  Our Mother Lode Schooling and Rated Show information is now available on our website! 

Click here to see a more expansive list of Morgan & local events -
something for everyone!

Updated 3/10/2021
Morgan Medallion
Regional Show
July 22-25, 2021
South Point Equestrian Center
Las Vegas, NV

Morgans, Saddlebreds, &
Hackney Ponies!

I'll take the prize behind door number one! It's whaaaaat? A trip to fabulous Las Vegas??? Yes! That's right!

Here's your code to get the best rate at the show hotel: MOR0722 (three letters and four numbers) We'll post a link on Facebook that takes you right to reservations.

Book your room at South Point today and we'll see you July 22-25, 2021

Morgan Grand National & World Championship Horse Show
October 9-16, 2021
State Fair Park, Oklahoma City OK

Prize lists will be available online in May, in the June issue of The Morgan Horse, at Regional shows throughout the year, or by contacting Peggy Hatfield.

Here is the Latest!
Click here to see changes in classes offered.

Click here to see an MGN promotional video
For the most comprehensive centralized list of Equine events in Oregon, go to the Oregon Horse Council website:
The Morgan Medallion Regional Horse Show
Do you know other dates for your shows or discipline of your choice events? Please send them to me to publish. It is time to cross our fingers and start looking forward to a better year ahead!
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